"A hilarious, down and dirty farce."
-What's On Stage-

"The end result is a grotesque cartoon."
-The Guardian-

"A farce that’s almost an anti-farce."
-The Evening Standard-

Sorry, What The Butler Saw closed on 28 Jul 2012

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About the show

With comedies proving popular in the West End the latest addition brings Joe Orton's hilarious play back to London, starring comedian Omid Djalili. Originally seen in 1969 this typically British play combines dry humour with satire and physical comedy. The play revolves around a psychiatrist,  Dr. Prentice, who attempts to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay with laughable results. A true gem of British farce, this show is perfect lighthearted entertainment. Samantha Bond and Tim McInnery co-star in this new production directed by Sean Foley.

Who Should See It?

Fans of the Carry On films will appreciate the dark cynical humour the play offers. As one of Joe Orton's final plays, this production offers a unique look at the author's canon of work. Fans of Downton Abbey and James Bond will enjoy seeing Samantha Bond bring the show to life, with comedy fans finding Djalili's appeal simply stunning.

The play is not suitable for children, although those over the age of 12 may enjoy the humour. Please be warned that the piece does have a darker edge.

Playing at

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre seating plan

Booking period

4th May 2012

22nd Jan 2021

28th Jul 2012

Running time

2 hours 30 mins